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Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Posted on: February 27, 2012 5:36 pm
Edited on: February 27, 2012 6:09 pm
 
By Matt Snyder

Long-time Red Sox catcher Jason Varitek has elected to retire, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman has confirmed. The news was first reported by the Boston Globe. The original report also indicated that Varitek will stay with the Red Sox organization "in some capacity."

Varitek, 39, spent his entire 15-year major-league career with the Red Sox. He went to the All-Star Game three times while winning one Gold Glove and one Silver Slugger. He hit 193 career homers while driving home 757 runs and scoring 664. His career line is .256/.341/.435. And, of course, the Red Sox's captain was part of two World Series-winning teams, including the "idiots" of 2004 that snapped the so-called Curse of the Bambino.

As the Globe report noted, only Carl Yastrzemski, Ted Williams and Jim Rice had longer stints with the Red Sox without having played for another big-league team.

Varitek also was part of one of the more dubious trade deadline deals. On July 31, 1997, the Mariners shipped Varitek and a 24-year-old Derek Lowe to the Red Sox for Heathcliff Slocumb. Slocumb had a 4.97 ERA and 1.64 WHIP with 13 saves and nine losses in a season and a half for the Mariners.

Kudos to Varitek on a very respectable career.

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Comments

Since: Jun 10, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:13 pm
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

I grew up in NJ a Yankee fan, my wife grew up in CT a Red Sox fan.  Part of our engagement photo shoot involved throwing on our jerseys and heading down to the ballpark.  One of the best photos in our shoot, actually, probably the best photo in our shoot, was a reenactment of the Varitek-Arod fight.  As a Yankee fan, that is my lasting memory of Varitek.  Nonetheless, I can say he embodies those Red Sox teams so well, and really added a lot to the Yanks-Sox rivalries.  Happy trails.



Since: Feb 13, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:13 pm
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Damn..Hate to see you go .

Class act all the way, you will be missed. 



Since: Jul 10, 2008
Posted on: February 27, 2012 9:05 pm
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

a pillar of one of the worst trades in mariner history



Since: Jan 17, 2010
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:53 pm
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Hat's off to you Teck.. Your going to be missed.



Since: Oct 16, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:52 pm
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Only got two words "THANK YOU"




Since: Jan 20, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:47 pm
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Lets not forget FOUR no-hitters caught. A major league record.



Since: May 25, 2011
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:35 pm
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Great job Tek, you gave us all you had. The Red Sox are making all the right moves now. Tek and Wake retires, both a little past their time. Great job for the Red Sox and their fans, from both those guys. If Francoma was still manager, Tek would have catching until he had hardening of the arteries. Wake would be starting 35 games this year...Beckett, Lackey and Lester would be stuffing their pie holes with beer and chicken, and the Red Sox would play catch up ball down 8-0 after 2 innings because one of their hero starters gave up 8 runs with no relief in site. Or no management able to make a decision to take them out yet. ...today's baseball is a great game.


VivilyGreen
Since: Feb 27, 2012
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:34 pm
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Since: Dec 3, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:22 pm
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

I hate to see the guy leave, but it was time. I hope to see him back with the Sox as a bench coach or some other capacity in the near future.



Since: Jun 15, 2009
Posted on: February 27, 2012 8:20 pm
 

Jason Varitek to announce retirement

Wow, gaam, does a game played by others really affect your life that drastically?


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